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Haiti topic of Pellissippi State presentation by visiting Humphrey Fellow

portrait of a male in suitPellissippi State Community College welcomes Serge Michel, a Humphrey Fellow from Haiti, for a special presentation Wednesday, April 8.

Humphrey Fellows are mid-career professionals from other nations who travel to the U.S. and spend one academic year at a university or other higher education institution. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was established in 1978. Professionals from 24 countries participate.

Michel’s presentation is “Haiti: Too Rich to Be Poor, Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Poverty.” It takes place 2-3 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The presentation is free and open to the community.

Michel is on campus the first full week of April, with several speaking engagements planned in the community. He will spend time shadowing Pellissippi State administrators to learn more about the community college model and how Pellissippi State interacts with its community.

Michel is a cofounder and vice chair of the board of GRAHN-Haiti, a branch of GRAHN-Monde, a think tank dedicated to the reconstruction of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. He also serves as a project coordinator in the United Nations Office Project of Services in Haiti. Michel has degrees in development management, business administration and computer programming.

For more information about the presentation and Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Eighth annual Festival of Cultures at Pellissippi State celebrates diversity

graphic with dragon that says culture and diversityFood, music and festivities will fill the evening as Pellissippi State Community College celebrates diversity at its eighth annual Festival of Cultures Friday, April 10.

The event is 4-8:30 p.m. in the College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Festival of Cultures is free to attend. The community is invited.

“Each year, the Festival of Cultures promotes a wide array of cultural experiences,” said Gayle Wood, director of Access and Diversity, the office that plans the event. “We hope each event encourages our students, faculty and staff members, and the community at large to look at the world from a new cultural perspective.”

At the Festival of Cultures, attendees will receive a Festival Passport booklet. As they browse cultural booths and exhibits, they’ll receive stickers representing various countries to place in their passports.

The event features performances by the Carib Sounds Steel Band, Caribbean Dancers of Atlanta, Chinese Dancers of Atlanta and Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s student bluegrass ensemble.

Additionally, the Festival of Cultures offers children’s activities such as balloon art, glitter tattoos and face painting, a magic show, exhibits from Pellissippi State’s own international students, and international food.

Festival of Cultures is one of the events that make up the college’s arts and culture series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the arts series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information on the festival and other arts series events, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Free open house at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus hosts the free “Sneak Peek” Open House for prospective students and their families 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

The campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

Students will receive all the information they need for a smooth entrance into college life: info on admissions, financial aid, services for students with disabilities, dual enrollment and degrees. Details about educational and training opportunities offered through the college’s non-credit division, Business and Community Services, also will be provided.

Guests can take a tour of the 70,485-square-foot, two-story facility, and light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the open house, call (865) 981-5300. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s bluegrass, jazz bands perform March 26

Pellissippi State Community College’s bluegrass and jazz ensembles put on a musical performance on the Hardin Valley Campus Thursday, March 26.

The Jazz and Bluegrass Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. The Hardin Valley Campus is located at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The performance features students in the bluegrass ensemble, known as Hardin Valley Thunder, and the jazz ensemble. The event is free and the community is invited.

Hardin Valley Thunder will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars, and Bill Monroe. The bluegrass ensemble was formed in 2009 and is led by Larry Vincent, associate professor of Music.

The jazz band will perform a selection of classic tunes from the 1950s and 1960s, including numbers penned by jazz greats Horace Silver, Jimmy Heath, Nat Adderley and Miles Davis. Among these is the jazz waltz “All Blues,” a song from Davis’ best-selling 1959 recording “Kind of Blue.”

The jazz band has been directed by Tom Johnson since 1994. Johnson also teaches saxophone, clarinet and contemporary piano styles at Pellissippi State.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Medic blood drive set for April 6 at Blount County Campus

Medic Regional Blood Center has scheduled a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus on April 6.

The Medic Mobile will be in the main loop driveway of the campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. The community is invited to participate in the blood drive.

Medic, a nonprofit organization, supplies 27 area hospitals with volunteer donations. Medic representatives say there is a need for all blood types.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors should not fast before arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating.

Participants also are asked to present photo identification and a list of current medications.

For other questions about the blood drive or donor eligibility, visit www.medicblood.com. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State: Fortieth anniversary focus of Memory Lane Monday at Blount County Campus

Take a stroll down memory lane on Monday, March 30, at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus.

Holly Burkett, Blount County Campus dean, invites the community to join faculty, staff, and students in celebrating Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary at the event, which will feature an ice cream sundae bar, tours of campus, scrapbooks and slides of the campus’s history, and a performance by the college’s bluegrass band, Hardin Valley Thunder.

The celebration is free. The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The event begins at 3 p.m., and the Hardin Valley Thunder performance is 4-5 p.m. The student performers will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars, and Bill Monroe.

Pellissippi State began celebrating “40 Years of Achieving Success, One Story at a Time” fall 2014. Throughout this year, the college will host special events for the community, as well as for students, faculty and staff.

Students, alumni and community members are encouraged to share positive stories and memories of Pellissippi State at www.pstcc.edu/anniversary. On social media, use #PSCC40.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Student artwork on display at Pellissippi State juried exhibit

Pellissippi State Community College features its students’ best artwork at the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, March 30-April 17.

The exhibit is free and the community is invited. The art exhibit takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The event kicks off with an opening reception 3-5 p.m. Monday, March 30. Attendees will have the chance to meet student artists. Awards will be presented to students at 4 p.m.

“The exhibit will showcase an array of exceptional two- and three-dimensional work, including paintings, drawings, and watercolors, as well as pottery, sculpture, and more from Pellissippi’s talented students,” said Jeffrey Lockett, Art professor and program coordinator.

“Again this year, the exhibit will be a showcase from which several student art pieces will be selected as award winners,” he said. The grand prize winner takes home a $500 purchase award funded through Student Life, and the winning artwork joins Pellissippi State’s permanent student art collection.

Runners-up receive gift certificates donated by Jerry’s Artarama. The exhibit is juried by Pellissippi State’s Art faculty. 

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State offers path to engineering tech bachelor’s degree

When President Barack Obama visited East Tennessee in January, he introduced America’s College Promise and launched a manufacturing innovation hub—both with ties to Pellissippi State Community College.

“We’re launching these hubs around the country, and the concept is simple: We bring businesses, research universities, community colleges, and state, local, and federal governments together, and we figure out, where are some key opportunities for manufacturing in the future, how do we get out in front of the curve, how do we make sure everybody is working together,” Obama said during his speech at Techmer PM in Clinton.

Pellissippi State has provided workforce development training for Techmer PM in recent years. The College and Techmer PM also are partners in a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. The funding is directed toward helping workers who are displaced, unemployed or underemployed, particularly those in the manufacturing industry.

Pellissippi State has launched a number of programs and courses designed to meet those needs.

One of those initiatives is the College’s articulation agreement with Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Under the partnership, a student can earn an associate’s degree in Engineering Technology through Pellissippi State, then a bachelor’s degree in either Manufacturing Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology through Austin Peay—without ever leaving the Hardin Valley Campus.

“I think our partnership with Austin Peay is one that will help close the gap in manufacturing skills in the region,” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president. “It allows our students to move seamlessly from a community college to a four-year university to earn an applied bachelor’s degree, then enter the workforce with much-needed job skills.”

The program’s first 15 students are set to graduate from Pellissippi State this year. They’ll enroll at Austin Peay in the fall as juniors.

Students in the program first earn an Associate of Applied Science degree from Pellissippi State, then continue on to earn a Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay. All four years of classes are taught at the Hardin Valley Campus, by both Pellissippi State and Austin Peay faculty.

The program is designed for working students, and it meets the demand for engineering graduates with a bachelor’s degree in East Tennessee.

“Other opportunities like this do not exist in this region,” said Pat Riddle, Pellissippi State’s Mechanical Engineering/Engineering Technology program coordinator. “Pellissippi State and Austin Peay provide local employers with trained, educated professionals with a bachelor’s degree credential.”

“It’s important that we deliver the academic portion and the follow-up: that our graduates are able to find meaningful job opportunities in the fields they’ve studied,” said William Cox, executive director of the School of Technology and Public Management at Austin Peay.

Registration for fall courses at Pellissippi State, including those in the Engineering Technology partnership with Austin Peay, begins in April.

For more information about the partnership program, contact Cindy Fowinkle, an assistant professor and program coordinator of Engineering Technology at Austin Peay at Pellissippi State, at (865) 694-7651. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

Bluegrass ensemble entertains at Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus

Pellissippi State Community College’s bluegrass ensemble brings the thunder to the college’s Blount County Campus Monday, March 30.

Hardin Valley Thunder performs 4-5 p.m. in the William “Keith” McCord Lobby at the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway. The event is free and the community is invited. 

The student performers will sing classic and contemporary bluegrass tunes, including songs by Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, The Civil Wars and Bill Monroe. The bluegrass ensemble was formed in 2009 and is led by Larry Vincent, associate professor of Music hire best inflatable zorb balls.

“Bluegrass has a special place in our community,” said Vincent, “because of its origins in this part of the country, and our ensemble reflects that proud heritage.”

For more information about Pellissippi State or the Music program, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Community book sale to raise funds for student scholarships

Pellissippi State Community College hosts its annual Faculty Senate Book Sale from late March into early April, and the community is invited to take part.

The sale kicks off at the Blount County Campus and takes place at four of Pellissippi State’s campuses over the course of two weeks. Here are the locations, dates and times:

  • Blount County Campus, Keith McCord Lobby; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., March 23-24, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., March 25
  • Division Street Campus, Room 208; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., March 25-26
  • Hardin Valley Campus, Goins Building College Center; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., March 30-April 1
  • Magnolia Avenue Campus, Lobby; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 7-8

The Faculty Senate Book Sale raises funds that go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships. All type of books will be available, from fiction and nonfiction to craft books and cookbooks. The sale also will have collectible magazines like National Geographic. Other items likely to be offered: movies and CDs.

Sale donations have been made by Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students, as well as by community members.

The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville. The Division Street Campus is at 3435 Division St., the Hardin Valley Campus at 10915 Hardin Valley Road and the Magnolia Avenue Campus at 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., all in Knoxville.

For more information about Pellissippi State and the book sale, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.